Dining on a Budget

On our journey to becoming adults we have all figured out how to live off of basic and cheap food throughout college but now that we are big adults we should probably graduate from the 1 minute meals we shove in the microwave, (considering the fact that those meals have thousands of chemicals and loads of sodium) to big kid meals. Being the daughter of a world renowned known chef is a lot to live up to when you specialize in making rice and smoothies on a daily basis. It always seems as though I am way to busy to make myself an actual meal so I resort to my normal dinner, lunch and breakfast smoothie with a piece of toast, on occasions Honey Nut Cheerios with Almond Milk, yes I know quiet the chef aren’t I? I grew up with a chef as a dad and this is what I have resulted to… In this blog post I will be showing a few meals that actually don’t take anymore than 15 minutes out of our day and are money savers at the same time!

Hangover Breakfast sandwiches

For the morning after a rough night pick up a carton of eggs, a bag of english muffins, a block of cheddar cheese (cheaper than pre shredded cheese), an avocado and my personal favorite that gives it a little kick hot sauce

This will make about 6 of the best hangover sandwiches you have ever had!tumblr_mkb5dv9lvd1r7ksqyo1_500

Everything you will every need in a smoothie:Strawberry Mango Spring Smoothie Recipe, honestly the best investment I made this year was splitting the cost of a blender with my roommate the amount of possibilities are endless to smoothie making. My personal twist on this smoothie is instead of coconut milk I use almond milk and sometime will add spinach and protein in to get the full effect of an everything you need in a smoothie! quick easy and simple to make

Makes 3½ cups

1 cup coconut milk/ almond milk
1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
1 mango, skinned and chunked
5 large strawberries, hulled (http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com)


 Grilled Cheese, One of my personal favorites and since you can reuse a lot of the ingredients used in the Hangover breakfast sandwich too, keeping more money in your pocket.

A bag of whole wheat bread, A block of cheddar cheese , Hot Sauce ( honestly hot sauce could make anything taste good), avocado, and cooked chicken


French Toast , every person alive should learn how to make simple french toast including the fact that it’s easy cheap and AMAZING

1 egg

1/2 cup skim milk (used almond milk just as good)

1 /4 tablespoon of vanilla extract and ground cinnamon (adjust to your personal taste)

2 slices of whole wheat bread

tablespoon of butter to add to the pan

Mix together the egg and the milk then add in the vanilla extract and cinnamon, dunk the whole wheat bread into the mixture then place on hot pan until cooked! and to add a personal touch I love adding fruits to my french toast!! selena-gomez-loves-food-funny-lol-300x160

Everyone should know how to make chicken : For some reason I always believed my mother was just given all this knowledge of cooking and knowing what degree chicken had to be cooked to magically but  a simple search on the internet will do just the trick, 165 degrees is the number to look for. You can cook on a pan or in the oven if you can cook chicken you can basically make any meal you want here is a perfect video to watch on how to cook perfect chicken! http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-moist-tender-chicken-breasts-every-time-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-36891

Yes I know this isn’t a total upgrade to professional amazing meals but I am eating on a budget with little to no skills. So now we have graduated from our Annie’s Mac and Cheese to grilled cheese and egg sandwiches! The basics will allow us to be able to graduate to more difficult meals to make but for now one small step for Ashley one giant leap for anyone who I make dinner for!








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